Report: Cavani expected to miss France clash

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Uruguay has gone about its business with a perfect record thus far in Russia, but the South American side could be dealt a huge blow prior to Friday’s quarterfinal meeting with France.

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ESPN FC is reporting that striker Edinson Cavani could very well miss their World Cup clash with Les Bleus after picking up a calf injury during the second half of Uruguay’s Round of 16 match against Portugal.

Cavani has missed training three consecutive days, leaving the Paris Saint-Germain star little time to get back on the practice field prior to Friday’s final-eight meeting.

ESPN has also reported that if Cavani cannot play, Girona’s Christian Stuani would be the most likely to slot in up front next to Luis Suarez.

The 31-year-old Cavani is currently Uruguay’s leading goalscorer at this World Cup with three finishes, while Stuani made his World Cup debut in the Portugal match after Cavani went down injured.